Ben Roethlisberger’s high-ankle sprain dominated talk in the Steelers’ locker room after a 14-3 win over the Browns. Here is a James Harrison as well as an injury update.
– Harrison didn’t agree with the roughing the passer penalty he received in the fourth quarter for hitting Colt McCoy after the Browns quarterback had flipped a pass to running back Mondesto Hardesty.
“From what I understand once the quarterback leaves the pocket he’s a runner. All the liberties a quarterback has in the pocket are gone,” Harrison said. “You can tackle him just as if he’s a running back. The hit wasn’t late so I really don’t understand why it was called.”
Harrison said he was penalized for unnecessary roughness, not a helmet-to-helmet hit, for the blow that leveled McCoy and forced him to leave the game for a play.
When asked later if it had been a cheap shot, McCoy said, “I don’t know.”
Said Browns coach Pat Shurmur, “I think (referees) felt it, so it was penalized.”
Harrison is almost certain to be fined for the first time this season by the NFL.
“We’ll see what transpires later on in the week,” Harrison said.
– Other injured Steelers to watch include center Maurkice Pouncey, who sustained a high-ankle sprain and strong safety Troy Polamalu.
Pouncey didn’t play in the second half after limping through the latter part of the second quarter. He said after the game that he will be back in the lineup Dec. 19, when the Steelers visit the 49ers.
As for Polamalu, Tomlin said, “Troy Polamalu may have tweaked his hamstring. I don’t know how significant it is. We just got him out of the game to exercise some caution.”
Defensive end Ziggy Hood said he is hopeful the groin injury he sustained against the Browns won’t keep him out of the 49ers game.
– Scott Brown